I finally managed to visit Hartsholme Park this morning. The (free) park is only a couple of miles away and has plenty of parking. There’s usually something going on here which is why I visit as often as I do and enjoy photographing what I can.
There were the usual candidates around, namely Canada geese and Mallard ducks.
There were some Goosanders around that I originally thought were Great Crested Grebes. The Goosander’s beak is quite different and have less of a crest. Unfortunately they were so far away the pictures I took don’t do them justice.
This time of year the Black-headed Gulls are quite prominent, although their winter plumage makes it harder to tell (the head goes white apart form a small black patch on the head behind the eye). Here they are fishing in form of the Cormorant:
At one point I heard a Woodpecker having a go at a tree but never saw it. A single (Grey) Squirrel was also seen but he dashed off before I could get a picture. A female Red-Crested Pochard was seen but no evidence of any male variants could be seen.
I think that these birds are in the early stages of mating as I witnessed 2 birds having a fight, a third bird was trying to intervene. I had vision of 2 guys fighting over the same girl with the girl trying to stop them. The sequence below shows some of the fight:
I have to say that this was one of the best visits I have had to Hartsholme – a good start to the year!